Explore the Majestic Grand Canyon National Park

North America - Editor - 15 November 2013

Explore the Majestic Grand Canyon National Park

Considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is located in the state of Arizona in the USA. Measuring 277 miles in length, with some areas being up to 18 miles wide and more than a mile deep, the canyon has been carved by the waters of the Colorado River and its tributaries over millions of years. Native Americans have inhabited the area for thousands of years and the Hualapai Tribal Nation, along with the Havasupai Tribe, manage and protect the area in cooperation with the Grand Canyon National Park.

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the Grand Canyon National Park covers an area of more than 1,2 million acres. History records that in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt declared that this 'great wonder of nature remain as it now is' and in 1919 the area was named as an official national park under the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.

With dozens of hiking trails and routes, the park is a hiker's paradise and one could spend a lifetime exploring it. Hikers should be mindful of the 'Leave No Trace' code of conduct for hiking in the Grand Canyon National Park and comply with requirements for park permits. To see the most spectacular views the park has to offer, visitors may want to include a visit to any, or all, of the following scenic spots: Point Imperial, which is the highest point on the North Rim and overlooks the Painted Desert and the eastern Grand Canyon; Havasu Falls, with its red rock and turquoise water offering a striking contrast in colors; Yavapai Point near the South Rim visitor area, with its breathtaking view of Bright Angel Canyon and the Colorado River; and Toroweap Overlook in the northwestern corner of the Grand Canyon, offering an awe-inspiring vista of the Colorado River, ancient cinder cones and lava flows.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is the most accessible, and therefore, the most popular, with plenty to see and do. However, it is worth exploring other areas of the park, being sure to comply with regulations that are in place to protect both the park and the people visiting it.


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